SAMFORD UNIVERSITY LIBRARY
Mulberry Missionary Baptist Association
v. 1. 1844
v. 11. 1895
v. 2. 1856
v. 12. 1896
v. 3. 1873
v. 13. 1897
v. 14. 1898
v. 5. 1881
v. 15. 1899
v. 6. 1885
v. 16. 1900
►*»■ — ►♦
ORDER OF BUSIXES
Saturday, September 25, 1886.
The Churches of the Mulberry Baptist Association, by
their delegates, met with Rehoboth Church four and one
half miles west of Randolph, Bibb county, Ala., and by re-
quest the introductory sermon was preached by Elder H. W.
Watson, from that portion of scripture recorded in Paul's
letter to the Ephesians, 6th chapter, from 10th to 20th verses.
A recess was ihen given, during which time dinner was
At 2 o'clock the delegates assembled in the church house
and engaged in singing, after which prayer was offered by
the Clerk. Brother J. M. Thomas was then appointed to
the Chair, who called the body to order and proceeded to
business, as follows :
Brethren J. M. Kalin and W. J. Elliott were appointed
The names of the churches were then called, the letters
were received, read and the names of delegates enrolled, as
Shady Grove— James Smithermar.,* Joseph Helton * Ben Sims.* Davis
Antioch— J. M. Langston* J. M. Thomas, M. F. Merchant, Z. J. Cor-
ley, J. C. Hicks, A. G. Spinks, D. B. Smitherman. M. D. Langston.
Pleasant Hill— Benjamin Scott,* J. P. Robinson,* William Caton.*
Rehoboth— M. Longcrier, M. V. Lawljy, G. M. Woolley, Thomas Col-
lins,* James Collins.
New Sattm— T. G. Williams, Joseph Maddox, Jasper Maddox.
Jemiso n#A. E. Burnes,* N. L. Meroney, J. A. Skaggs,* L. J. Hand,*
J. M. Gordene.
Liberty Hill— W. D. Z. Foshee, A. L. Foshee, Noah Littlejohn* Jasper
Macedonia— James Nix,* S. N. Waldrop* Adam Smith, W, Y. Nix,
S. IX Posey.
PJteasamU Gwwj- J.. M_ Ctetftawfc* J0fcw> &l>^a^^. J.^mg^J^.M^Vbtt-
Mar'* Mill — ^. J. Laua^sH©!*,, Jaws?* Steottu.* F.. ML Lawgssiww.*
The Moderator then appointed brethren J. M. Katm and
W* J. KKott teJUers.
The Association voted V ballot for Moderator and Clerk.
J. M. Thomas was elected Moderator, and R. M» Honey-
cut t, Clerk.
On motion,, omitted the tending of constitution, articles of
faith and rales of deeoram.
The Moderator then appointed the following committees:
On Devotion — M. D. Langston, Adam Smith and N. L. Mo-
loney, with deacons of Rehoboth church.
On Arrangement of Business — & M. Adams, Z. J. Corley ,
D. & Merchant, with Moderator and Clerk.
On Finance — W. Y. Bix,. A. L. Foshee, S. D. Posey.
On State Missions — M. Longcrier, S. M. Latham, John Goth-
On Home Missions— T. G. Williams, G. T. Lee, Sw N. Wal-
Foreign Missions — M. D. Langston, T. M. Henley, James
On Sabbath Schools — Thomas Collins, R. M. Honeycntt,
R. J. Langston.
On Temperance — S. M. Adams, W. C. Ogletree, Oscar
Then received correspondence, as follows :
From Shelby Association-^Elder G. T. Lee, Dr. Teagoe,
Elder W. J. Eliott.
From Unity Association — Sam Latham, T. M. Henley,
C. C. Cellers, J. M. Kalin, Elder H. W. Watson.
From Cahaba — S. M. Adams, Luther Hicks, Elisha W hat-
ley, Erve Mullins.
Returned correspondence, as follows:
lo £^by Asao^tion--M. D. Langjston, X J. Oortey, J.
a Hkks, W. H. Pratt, J. M. TWm^
lb Harmony Ajss«>eIation--&t. F. Merchant, James Smith-
lb Unity— R SL Honeyentt* A. E. Boras* T. 1. Williams,
lb Cahaba— J. HL Gentry, & D Posey, R. 3L Honeyentt.
The Devotional Qommitt ee oflered the following report
▼nidi was received:
Bayer meeting to-morrow morning at 9 o>loek, conducted
by&D> Posey. Preaching at U o'clock by Elder G. 1.
Ie*> Preaching at 2 o'clock p. m^ by Dr. Teagne.
Then opened the door for Churches* There was a letter
presented by delegates from Friendship Church, Chilton
County, Alabama, newly constituted, and was received.
Names of delegates enroled: W. C Qgletree and Green
We then enjoyed a pleasant and interesting discourse
Iki league on the subject of missions.
Then adjourned until 8 o'clock Monday morning.
Sabbath, September 26, 188$.
The Brethren all filled their appointments according to
the arrangement of tiie Devotional Committee, and we
humbly trust that the labors of the day will not be in vain,
but that the word preached may prove a savor of lite unto
life to all that heard.
Monday, September 27th, 1886.
After singing and prayer by Elder H. W. Watson, the
Moderator called the body to order and proceeded to call
the roll and marked absentees. Report of Committee on
Arrangement of Business, was offered and received, and
business taken up accordingly. Miscellaneous business was
On motion, the Association reconsidered the receiving of
Friendship Church on Saturday last, and after d\s- ussing
the matter of the Church being constituted by one minister
On motion,, the Church was received, but the Association
advised against that practice.
On motion, the Moderator appointed the following com-
mittees, whose duty is to report at the next session of this
Committee on Temperance— R. M. Honeycutt, Mathew
Longcrier, James Smitherman.
On State Missions— A. E. Burns', Rolleigh Smitherman,
On Home Missions— E. H. Dunlap, J. C. Hicks, W. Y. Nix.
On Foreign Missions — J. M. Langston, Z. J. Corley, R. J.
On Sabbath Schools— N. L. Meroney, Oscar Spinks, W.
On Education— L. J. Hand, Thomas Collins, George
Trustees of Indigent Ministers — M. D. Langston, N. L.
Executive Committee on Sabbath Schools — N. L. Meroney,
A. E. Burns, H. L. Hicks.
On Division of the Association into Districts — R. M.
Honeycutt, A. E. Burns, J. M. Gothard.
Committee to visit Mineral Springs Church and report
the condition of the Church to the next session — R. M.
Honeycutt, T. G. Williams, E. M. Beane.
On motion, agreed that we get and use for our church let
ters to the Association, the blanks printed by the American
Baptist Publication Society.
Committee on State Missions offered the following report,
which was received and Committee discharged :
REPORT ON STATE MISSIONS.
Your Committee on State fissions, beg leave to report
that the object of our State Convention in its work is the
5 ffofi c °l/»
d?cTon 0f Th- Go8pel to the entire territor y unde * ^ j^;- %/
diction. This requires men and means; the men and the '
means should be forthcoming. The Mulberr^ Issociat on
toS rt!S2f m Sym P ath y ™ th this 8«»t work and suggests
Lt of Srf e8 : om T mS l he hod y *° raise fu ^s by the
S?i?tto^?w^ Pay ^ "^ ° Ver by that time *
to SSS ?^ tiMt before our Lord and Master ascended
tohis throne in heaven, He gave us these marching orders,
c^rL" t0 ^ t h WOrld and P feach m * Gospel lo every'
creature." God help us to obey. *
S. A. Latham, Ch'n.
Committee on Temperance offered the following report,
and after amendment, it was received :
REPORT ON TEMPERANCE.
strong dri e nk nC TLV!| e ^u** ?*» ° f the human familv ; »nd especially
SSSS^TSa^SfS l l ^ grCate 1 enem ^ of the Church. The
dram shon r n earth Th u- V™? £ nn , k can not cease so lon S a * the
whol. nrLw ,- he Wh,8ke ^ tra ffic learns men to curse the God
hate the^Savfn? 1 ^^ ?? WantS ' while h leads them to despise and
dfshonor^e r^rem?^"^ them - B learnS ^ ouu e lnen to diso W ^d
chHdren whonfXT 1 ""i" men t0 ne S lect and abu * their wives and
morafs whether h 7 ""* bound . to ,ove > P™tect and cherish by every law of
Steof ™5n^ • v /" ° r • dlVme - Ti ' e d ram-shop is a school for vice, a
fhW th^T'i y ^. rf .? W** and moral filthiness; the promoter of every
3£8£ /n^h^ro^e^tt ^ U haS -^ L black - «S2
rh S r^f b I et ? r fu ? f the Mulberr J Association, we are bound by the law «
SSfi"? C l0VC WC haVC f ° r virt "e-in a word, by every thing and a
th^hL h key a [X re ard g °° d - t0 Ub0r ^ P ^ ^ we are fiSJftot
as rDevera^e. Mulberry Association - denounce the use of intoxicating drink*
Respectfully submitted, S. M. Adams, Ch'n.
Committee on Home Missions, offered the following report
which was received:
REPORT ON HOME MISSIONS.
T,,W he iiS«" dh t d , dUrin ? the P ast conventional year, from July, 1885, to
led ^in £ JZ1Z ° le ' 71" Pl rt ° f thtir time > two hundred and fifty bretn
55 of he ?£/' W% lab ° rS ° f thC8e men CXtend into ^ty-five coun-
S« 2** *ft A r d the re ^ ort of the Board to the last Convention
shows that solid work was done by these Missionaries convention
As time passes, the importance of this agencv increases, and its hold on
ven«onr a r fi t,0 H n f r ° W8 Str ° nger ever ^ ' ear - ^ rom «™ to timfthe c n
mention may find it necessary to make changes in plans of operation but it
is now quite certain that this agency will continue to be one of our cherish
fh™,M 'T 08 * efficient enterprises ; and the liberality of our churches, for it
snouid be steadfast, and our benevolence in that direction constant. We
earnestly trust, tha: every church in this Association will aid the Home
Mission Board within the next year to the extent of their ability.
Thomas G. Williams, Ch'n.
Committee on Foreign Missions made a report, which was
The Association then agreed, and by promises proposed to
raise $117 during this associational year for the help of the
On motion, adjourned until 1 o'clock p. m.
Called for report of Committee on Indigent Ministers.
There was then a voluntary collection taken up in favor
of our aged Brother, Elder A. B. Hill, which amounted to
$9.70, The money delivered to the Clerk for Brother Hill.
Finance Committee offered the following report :
We your committee on finance have received from the churches, for min-
utes and Associational purposes *29 35
For misions ' jg ~-
Total •: $46 10
W. Y. Nix, Ch'n.
Committee on Sabbath Schools offered the following re-
port : - ,
REPORT OF SABBATH SCHOOLS.
We your committee on Sabbath Schools feel thankful to report: That
according to the letters from the churches to us, the cause of Sabbath
Schools in our Association is on the increase. There were only five Schools
reported last year ; this year there are eight, an increase of three above last
year. 1 nese Schools reported this year all in flourishing condition. And
believing that the Sabbath School work is a good work, we do earnestly
recommend the brethren of this Association that we continue to push the
work forward until we can have a school in all our churches. We further
insist, that each church make a full report of their schools to the Associa-
tion, so that our statistical table may be more complete, which we recom-
mend to be printed in our minutes.
R. J. Langston, Ch'n.
On motion, agreed that we hold a Sabbath School Con-
vention during this Associational year ; and that we recom-
mend to our churches the use of Baptist Literature in their
schools. This matter referred to the Executive Committee
on Sabbath Schools.
On motion, agreed that the next session of this body be
held with Pleasant Grove Church, four miles west of Jemi-
son, Chilton county, Ala., commencing on Wednesday be-
fore the fourth Sunday in September, 1887.
J. M. Thomap, to preach the Introductory Sermon ; R. M.
Resolved, That the Clerk, superintend the printing of four hundred co-
pies of these minutes, and that he receive ten doll ars for his ^ices and
that Z. J. Corley be appointed distributing agent in first district, mmutes
sent to Randolph, and the Clerk to distribute in ^cond district.
Resolved, That after the clerk has payed for minutes and oth ^Pf n n ^*'
that he send the balance of the money belonging to the Association to the
sir^ary and Treiurer of the State Mission Board, to be applied as the
*Ee XwJnf Brethren were appointed as -»££«£[¥
Convention: Joab M. Langston. A. h. Burns, R.M. Honejcutt.j. m.
Thomas N L.Veronev, L*J. Hand, W. G. RiggmsJ. M. Gothard, T.
& 5: ^hafthSIsSation tender their thank* to the member of
Rehoboth C hu rch, and the friends around, for their kind and hospitable
SannS in S they have entertained the messengers and visitors of this
On motion, adjourned.
R. M. Honeycutt, Clerk.
J. M. Thomas, Moderator
Treasurer and Clerks Report : 3&
Received from Finance Committee ^q qq
C lcrk. fees • • * ■ "
Paid for Printing Minutes ; balance to be sent to Mission Board .
The next meeting of the First District will be held with
Macedonia Church, Friday before the second Sunday m
Elder J. M. Langston, to preach the Introductory sermon ;
J. M Thomas, Alternate. Subject for discussion.
1. " Is it our duty as Christians to send the gospel to the
heathens "—Opened by S, D. Posey.
2. « What is the duty of a pastor to his churches."—
Opened by.Z. J. Corley.
The next meeting of the Second District will be held
with Marshall Church, Saturday before the third Sunday in
W. G. Riggins, to preach the Introductory sermon ; A. E.
Burns, Alternate. Subject for discussion.
" What is the duty of Deacons as defined in the New Tes-
tament." Opened by R. M. Honeycutt.
NAMES AND POST-OFFICES OF ORDAINED MINISTERS.
£nhM W T ard ♦• Si * Mile, Bibb County.
A B rim ^ t0n •••-•••• Six Milei Bibb Counfy!
^"wo^ SSE Sfe
W G r2 Clanton, Chilton County
a'erZ Strasburg, Chilton Count/.
Tames M T^J Jemison, Chilton County.
James M. Gothard Jemison, Chilton County.
S n P«T aS Randolph, Bibb County.
, J ; rosev Randolph, Bibb County.
luLJ: Trl ••• C,ear Creek > Chilton County.
James E. Champion Clear Creek, Chilton County.
"' A - Seale .Oakmulga, Perry County.
1. The Association shall be composed of delegates chosen by the different
churches, chosen by their own bodies, in our union, who, on producing let-
ters, certifying their appointment as delegates by their churches, shall be
entitled to seats. . ., , , . ,u
2. The delegates thus chosen and convened shall be known by the name
of the Mulberry Baptist Association, who shall usurp no authority Over the
churches in our union, or infringe on any of their internal rights, but merely
be considered an advisory council, in all matters relative to their internal
concerns. Nevertheless, it becomes necessary in some cases to have a
uniform rule of procedure, viz : If one church commit an offerfce against
another, it shall be the duty of the offended to labor with the offender for
satisfaction ; if she fail of success, she shall call the aid of two or more sis :
ter churches to assist in laboring for satisfaction ; and, it eatisfaction^can-
not be thus obtained; it shall be the duty of the aggrieved church to bring
the matter before the Association, to be decided upOn according to its merits.
And if a serious difficulty should arise in an individual church, wh-ch, upon
due labor she cannot reconcile, she shall call the aid of two or more churches
to assist in the work; and, if the difficulty be not thus removed, it [shall
be the dutv of the church to bring the case to the Associatibn, to be acted
upon as above described. But the Association will take cognizance of no
case of the above kind, unless due course of procedure shall have been pre-
viously pursued. . , . -
3. The churches of our union shall transmit, to every annual session of
the Association, written communications, specifying the names of their
messengers, dismissed by letter, excommunicated, restored, and deceased,
since the last session ; which shall be read and minuted accordingly.
4. Every church in our union shall be entitled to a representation in the
following manner, viz : A church containing fifty members, or less, shall be
entitled to three representatives, and one additional representative for every
twenty-five over fifty. Any church failing to represent herself as above
described shall state reasons at the next Association.
5. Newly constituted churches shall be admitted into our union by mes-
sengers bearing petitionary letters. If, updn due examination they be
found orderly^and orthodox, their reception shall be manifested by the
Moderator giving the messenger the right hand of fellowship.
6. The Association, when convened, shall be governed by a regular and
proper rule of decorum, Which she is authorized to alter or amend accord-
ing to her own views. .- .*.«_•_ u
7. At every session of the Association, a Moderator shall be chosen by
and from among the delegates present, whose duty it shall be to see that
the rules of decorum be strictly observed, and to take the voice of the As-
sociation upon all subjects legally introduced. A Clerk shall be chosen m
the same manner, whose duty it shall be to take proper and correct minutes
Of the proceedings of the Convention. _ ._
8. The Association shall have power to exclude from her union any
church who may violate the Constitution or depart from the orthodox
P TTh?Ass t o?ia?ion P shall furnish the churches with *he minutes every
Se iO° n Every query sent by a particular church must be inserted in her let-
ter, certifying that she has endeavored to reconcile, and has failed. In such
a case, the Association shall take it under consideration, and rtie voice of a
majority shall be considered an advisory answer, wh.ch shall be entered on
li m Qjieries that immediately concern the general union of the churches.
sent by a particular church, or introduced by a proper motion, shall be
taken up and decided on as soon as practicable.
12. Any church in our union, having a member who she may think pos-
sesses promising talents for the ministry, she shall, after a thorough convic-
tion that he is called of the Lqrd to work, proceed to license him to preach
the Gospel, at discretion, and report the same at the next session of the
13. Any church in our union having a preacher whom she deems worthy
of ordination, shall call a presbytery of ministers from sister churches to
officiate in the work, and all presbyteries, in the ordination of ministers and
deacons, or the constitution of churches, shall be governed by the Articles
of Faith of this Association.
14. The Association shall have a fund, supplied from the voluntary con-
tiibution of the churches, and all moneys thus contributed shall be trans-
mitted from the churches by their messengers, and paid, over to the com-
mittee on finance. The committee shall be appointed annually, whose duty
it shall be to receive in charge the Association fund, and dispose of the same
agreeably to order, and make, at every session, a fair and substantial report
of all their proceedings.
15. There shall be an Association Book provided, in which the minutes
of every annual session shall be regularly recorded by the Clerk, who shall
receive an annual compensation for his services.
16. The Association shall not adjourn any session until it shall have
finished all the business on hand — except it be in extraordinary cases.
17. The minutes of the Association shall be read and corrected, if neces-
sary, and signed by the Moderator and Clerk before the session rises.
18. The Association shall, in all cases, be governed by a majority of the
19. Giving or withheld charity from any benevolent object shall not be
considered a breach of fellowship by this Association.
20. Amendments to this Constitution may be made at any session, when
two-thirds of the members present may deem neccesary. -
ABSTRACT OF PRINCIPLES.
Article 1. We believe in one only living and true God — the Father,
the Word and the Holy Ghost. 2. We believe that the Scriptures of the
Old and New Testament are the word of God, and the only rule of faith
and practice. 3. We believe in the doctrine of election, and that God
chose His people in Christ before the foundation of the world. 4. We
believe in the doctrine of original sin. 5. We believe in man's incapacity,
by his own free will and ability, to recover himself from the fallen state he
is in by nature. 6. We believe that sinners are justified in the sight of God
only by the righteousness of Christ imputed to them. 7. We believe that
God's elect shall be called, regenerated, and sanctified by the Holy Spirit.
8. We believe that the saints shall be preserved in grace and never fall
away. 9. We believe that Baptism and the Lord's Supper are Ordinances
of Jesus Christ, and that true believers are the only proper subjects, and
that immersion is the only Apostolic Baptism. 10.' We believe that our
Lord and master washed His disciples' feet ; we ought to wash one another's
feet. II. We believe in the resurrection of the dead, and general judg-
ment ; and that the joys of the righteous and the punishment of the wicked
will be eternal. 12. We believe that no minister has any right to adminis-^
ter the ordinances of the Gospel but one who is baptized, and comes under
the imposition of the hands of the presbytery. 13. We believe that none
but regularly baptized believers have a right to commune together at the
Lord '8 table.
RULES OF DECORUM.
a ^ T i CL ^ - 1- The Ass °ciation shall be opened and closed bv prayer. 2
^Un? er ?°Jpt nd ^ C1 J erk Sha11 ** cho * en b ^ ^ ^ffrages of the members
present d. The Moderator shall be considered a judge of order ard have
fi£*Sfl ??k *7 "^ ht t0 CaH ° rder at an ^ time - 4 - An ^ member not satis-
-JiTS th * dec,sl ° n ' ^ a Ppeal to the Association on the same day, but
at no other time. 5. None but one member shall speak at a time, who shall
rise to his feet, address the Moderator, and on obtaining leave, proceed.
t>. 1 he Moderator, when addressed foi permission to speak shall signify
the same by naming the person, or otherwise. 7. No member shall be
interrupted while speaking, unless he depart from the subject, or use words
or persoiial attention. Every motion made and seconded shall come under
ine consideration of the Association, unless withdrawn bv him who made
it. 8. livery case taken up by the Association shall be decided or with-
drawn before another shall be offered. 9. When a question is taken up,
aner allowing time for the debate the Moderator shall take the voice of the
association on the subject by yeas and nays, or otherwise. 10. Any mem-
ber wishing to retire, shall obtain leave of the Moderator. 11. No mem-
oer shall speak more than twice to the same proposition, without leave of
tne Association ; nor shall any proposition be made to close the subject
until the debates have been carried through. 12. The appellation of brother
snail be used in the Association in their addresses to each other. 13. The
names of the members shall be called as often as the Association may
curect. 14. No member shall be tolerated in any practice that may tend
to interrupt public speaking. 15. The Moderator shall be entitled to the
same privilege of speaking as any other member, provided he appoint
another to his seat during the time ; but shall not vote, unless the Associa-
tion be equally divided. 16. Any member violating these rules shall be
reproved by the Moderator, as directed by the Association— but only on the
day the breach shall have been made. 17. The rules shall be read at the
opening of every session of the Association, a..d shall be altered or amended
when a majority of the members » hall deem it necessary.
STATISTICS OF MULBERRY ASSOCIATION, 1880.
Antioch. . .
Pleasant Grove . .
Liberty Hill. ..
Pleasant Hill. . .,
R. M. Honevcutt.
J. M. Gothard... .
J. M. Gothard
R. M. Honey cutt.
A. E. Burns.. . .'. .
A. E. Burns
R. M. Honeycutt.
G. T. Lee .
Not' represented .
Not represented .
Jas. M . Gothard . .
J. M. Gothard. .
W. G. Riggins. .
Randolph .. .
Randolph . . .
Bibb . .
Bibb . .
cy: <£ |
<U Cl j
30 00 200 00
1 50 j
982 $29 35j$67 85
00 115 00
9 63 03 15!
$403 05 $34 65
70 9 50
THE ALABAMA BAPTIST
Baptist State Convention
3 in Bai
$2.00 PKk YKASL IN
Ruling, .tiid ftiaidiuc. ai
Miasms, tarns Hba&s. Biauk B«»ks. !•«